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Today's News

  • APCo to provide $5.8M in rebates

    RICHMOND — The State Corporation Commission on Nov. 26 agreed with Attorney General Mark Herring that Appalachian Power had overearned during 2012 and 2013 and ordered $5.825 million in rebates to customers to be distributed over the next six months, according to each customer’s usage.

    The rebates will affect more than 500,000 customers of Appalachian Power in central, southwest, and southside Virginia.

  • Prison ministry has successful first year

    INDEPENDENCE — The ministry program at River North Correctional Center appears to be working, according to the prison’s chaplain and other organizers.

    Since Christmas of 2013, the ministry reports that 51 offenders have been saved and there have been 29 baptisms. Attendance at religious programs continues to grow and is nearing 200.

    Chaplain R.B. Anderson is hopeful. “Last year, we had 23 offenders attend worship for Christmas. This year we may have 230.”

  • Galax youth's birthday wish is to help others

    Every Goliath has his David.

    When the giant in question is desperate circumstances for a local homeless shelter, its David appears to be an 11-year-old boy.

    Hope House, a local homeless shelter, is in need of a new home by March 11 of next year, and trying to raise funds to pay for a new one. The group is reliant on church and individual donations, getting by on a miniscule budget.

  • Salon, school owner fined, license revoked

    The state Board for Barbers and Cosmetology has revoked a cosmetology license belonging to Peggy Marie Haynes, after learning that her salon and cosmetology school in Cana, I Style Salon and Academy, was not properly licensed.

    The board made the decision to revoke Haynes’ license during their meeting on Nov. 17, during which they reviewed the investigative file, transcript and exhibits from an informal fact-finding conference and summary on Aug. 11.

  • Police chief serving on state drug task force

    RICHMOND — The Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse held its first meeting Nov. 12, in Richmond, to recommend immediate steps to address a growing and dangerous epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse in Virginia.

    In attendance was Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, who was appointed earlier this year as part of the 29-member task force. Clark is one of three municipal police chiefs across the state selected to serve.

  • Peaks pleads guilty to husband's shooting

    HILLSVILLE — Pamela Denise Peaks pleaded guilty to amended charges of unlawful wounding and the reckless handing of a firearm in the shooting of her husband, James Parnell “Crow” Peaks, in Carroll County Circuit Court on Nov. 13.

    Peaks was originally charged with aggravated malicious wounding, a Class 2 felony; and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

  • PLAYOFF PRIMER - Week 3

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  • Tide, Haysi for semifinal berth

     Galax is fighting for another state semifinal appearance. Haysi is fighting to keep its program alive.

    In what may be the final game ever hosted by Haysi, the Tigers will welcome back the Maroon Tide in the third round of the Region 1A West playoffs Saturday at 2 p.m. on the thick, moist brown earth of the Sandlick Elementary School grounds.

  • Infection Prevention: Beyond the common cold & flu

    By AGNES A. SMITH

    Chief Nursing Officer, Twin County Regional Healthcare

    With the advent of fall, cold and flu season arrives, which means it’s time to arm yourself and your loved ones with the proper preventive measures to stay well.

    Be prepared by making sure you and your family have had your annual immunizations, as well as taking sensible measures to avoid the spread of illness.

  • Readers Hotline 11/26/14

    Kid with a whistle
    I went to a game Saturday and could not believe my eyes when I saw that little kid trying to ref that game. What happened to the adult refs? They would call the games by the rules so our kids would learn how to play the game. This is ridiculous. We want our kids to learn.

    No sympathy